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A successful man-management lesson? Possibly …

Yesterday Quins prop Joe Marler was widely quoted in the press talking about how things have been since he re-joined the England training squad towards the end of his six-week ban after being re-carded for ‘clearing out’ TJ Ioane at a ruck with a deliberate shoulder-shot to the head, allegedly [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things happen as they should

Yesterday I had one of those days of which not much is expected – I had one or two things to occupy me, viz. a phone interview to conduct, an errand to carry out, an article to complete and three phone calls to make – and initially things didn’t quite happen as they should but then, from the [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Juventus 2 Spurs 2

There is nothing quite like an encounter between major European clubs and last night’s tie lived up to its billing. Pargie called to say The Racing Post predicted a draw. Juventus might have a formidable home record but they have a long injury list and their renowned defence is growing old. [...]

February 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Daniel Mendoza- a non pareil

Yesterday I was reading about Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836) who can rightly claim to be the father of modern boxing. Until him bare knuckle fights consisted of “put up your dukes” as opponents went toe to toe and the fight could only be ended by knockout, inability to continue (technical [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

This fish is still rotting – can’t you smell it?

Well, whaddya know? At the risk of appearing partisan and disrespectful to one of Britain’s sporting icons and his extended team, I have never ‘bought’ the Sir Bradley Wiggins/Team Sky line that everything was totally ‘above board’ about their conduct relating to the [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pebble Beach

I don’t like the word iconic but I can see why it is used to describe Pebble Beach. With its breathtaking views over the Monterrey Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean it is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The 7th hole – no more than a wedge to the green from an elevated [...]

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Same old, same old’ fare at the Stoop

Sunday 11th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Rugby – Round 14: Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 1.00pm: Result – Harlequins 22 Wasps 44: New League positions – Wasps 3rd on 44 points, Quins 9th on 32. Wasps team photo (19th Century) It was another in the ongoing fierce [...]

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Video evidence

I will not presume the same degree of rugby knowledge as Sandra and Derek but I did watch England beat Wales. To me it was an exciting but scrappy match and did not convince of England’s credentials to prosper in the World Cup next year. I would like to return to topic which I have covered, [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

TheTanner Report: Bolton 1 Fulham 1

Fifteen minutes before kick off, in response to a message from my friend who took me to my first game, I predicted the score at 1-1  This was based on the score line at Craven Cottage, the difficulty Fulham have against more robust opposition and Bolton’s improving form under Phil Parkinson. [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

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